Faeldon applies for amnesty to fight off corruption in the AFP

A MARINE officer is now seeking the ‘amnesty’ being offered by the administration of President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino, III for him to continue his fight against corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon, one of the core-leaders of the Magdalo Group, applied for amnesty with the Department of National Defense (DND) in Camp Aguinaldo on Friday morning, March 11.

Faeldon earlier rejected the idea of seeking an amnesty, but had a change of mind when he was allowed to post bail early January this year. He toured several schools and encouraged the students and the people to fight corruption.

“I appeal to the students and people to get themselves in the eradication of corruption and for us to attain national consciousness in fighting corruption,” Faeldon said.

Faeldon was involved in the Oakwood mutiny on July 27, 2003 and Manila Penn Siege on Nov. 29, 2007. He earlier refused amnesty because of a clause that said the applicants must admit guilt.

“I would like to view this amnesty offer of the new administration not as exonerating whatever charges filed against us by the previous administration. My concern is how I will be able to be more effective in trying to combat corruption not just in the AFP,” Faeldon said. Anthony Vargas

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